This is the developing weather news that comes as no surprise to most: New England is in a drought. This summer, the Mid-Atlantic had already plunged into drought, but New England was technically classified as "Abnormally Dry." That ended Thursday, when the consortium of Government agencies and Universities that assesses drought conditions deemed much of Southern New England - including Worcester, Springfield and Hartford - as Moderate Drought. Water conservation is already underway in some communities, and more restrictions may follow with this declaration, especially with no significant rain in the immediate future. I've pasted the map of the drought area for the Northeast below.